August 10, 2014 Subject:
Much better set of Suspense is also posted on archive.org
https://archive.org/details/OTRR_Certified_Suspense is the address
Reviewer:Charlie Heinz -
August 9, 2014 Subject:
Suspense Theme Composed by Bernard Hermann
In truth, the radio suspense theme was composed by Bernard Hermann, not Wilbur Hatch.
These shows are pretty good. However, the audio levels go up and down. Too bad no one is around who can or will fix that. And the tone goes from muffled to tinny to clear. That's harder to fix. Have to take each bad section and adjust the tone.
June 24, 2013 Subject:
Why Suspense Theme Is Found Elsewhere
Regarding theme questions: Wilbur Hatch, head musician for CBS, composed and conducted Suspense music. As Twilight Zone was a CBS program, music could be recycled. As half of the Alfred Hitchcock Presents seasons were by CBS, some music might even pop up there. (BTW, he was also known for music on CBS TV I Love Lucy.)
I need to go through all the CBS Radio Mystery Theatre episodes again to verify, but I'm pretty sure I remember Hatch credited for music there. Wikipedia says he died in 1969, but perhaps even afterward they used his music. (As side note, Lorene Tuttle and Agnes Moorehead, popular in Suspense, often appeared in CBSRMT.)
Growing up in 1970s radio stations always played OTR reruns. At 10 I heard the first CBSRMT episode as it aired. So I got some inkling of what the Golden Age of Radio must have been like. (To know what we're really missing, one has to listen to WJSV's Complete Broadcast Day from 1939, also found at Internet Archive.)
There *are* new radio shows being produced. Seattle's radio station KIXI also streams online, hosting contemporary radio shows including Twilight Zone radio series and Imagination Theatre. (In addition to the infamous :-P Radio Spirits show When Radio Was.)
Personally, I still prefer old radio, TV and movies from back in days when people spoke at a slower rate, reflecting simpler times--and adding to any suspense.
May 17, 2013 Subject:
I'm not an old man or woman, and wasn't born anytime near when these radio episodes were created, but ive been into them lately.
May 13, 2013 Subject:
Fear Paints a Picture
This episode is AWESOME! I love it when they play around with mind trips. You have to wonder if some of these writers were drinking some mushroom tea. Hollywood must have been pretty amazing for some people back in the 40s. This reminds me of the movie Stranger In The House (which I think is also in the video part of archive). I've heard every episode of Suspence at least twice. Other good ones are Ghost Hunt, The House In Cypress Canyon and of course the Hitch Hiker!!! I'm loving this one after a second listen though. I really hope some day they find some of the lost episodes.
Reviewer:The oldies guy -
February 19, 2012 Subject:
Suspense is tops
My first recollection of radio was at my great Aunt's home in the early 50's when I was about 5 years old. She listened to "Stella Dallas". Being a child of the 50's, television was our families main source of entertainment. We had a few radios in the house, mainly for music...top 40 stuff. Then one day I was surfing the radio dial and heard an episode of "Have Gun Will Travel". I was about 12 or 13, and have been listening to old time radio ever since. My collection includes vinyl albums, cassettes and cd's
Reviewer:The Lodger 1927 -
June 22, 2011 Subject:
The Devil in the Summer House
Thrills and suspense from this particular story; although, the entire collection of Suspense #01 is quite entertaining especially, if you are a good listener!
I absolutely enjoy Radio-Wayback!
December 16, 2010 Subject:
Have been a big fan of Suspense! since I heard my first episode a few years ago.
I was extremely pleased to find this archive! Thank you very much for putting these up for everyone to enjoy!
November 22, 2010 Subject:
Great series, just make sure those bastards at Radio Spirits don't try and steal them! If you get a Takedown notice...just ignore it!
Reviewer:Earle Bruce -
July 10, 2010 Subject:
many hours of great listening pleasure.
February 28, 2010 Subject:
Colour my world
While listening to suspense today I got the ending piano part stuck in my head and the words to colour my world started to play in my head. So I googled colour my world and suspence to see if I was the only one to ever hear this and I found user allyn1 had noticed this as well.
February 10, 2010 Subject:
i found another gem on internet archive!! very cool!! thanks for the upload!!
Reviewer:The Bridge -
December 8, 2009 Subject:
"to keep you in SUSPENSE!"
I have to agree with NEMMERS, The House In Cypress Canyon is one of my favorites. Once at work, I played that recording for 5 or 6 people, and after it was finished, I had each describe the inside of the house hahaha, THAT was fun, and then I asked each what type of creature it was, yes, I am laughing again, this was a fun thing to do, and it showed how our minds put things into their proper places, so far as our minds are concerned.
Really enjoyed Ruth Hussey, I believe it was, along with Howard Duff, and Hans Conreid, truly a good show. I gave that recording to my boss, a lady, who was going to spend some time at a cabin with another lady friend to get some work done. They told me that at exactly the moment the creature first screamed, someone knocked at their door. Yes, still laughing, and enjoying these fine labors of all involved.
44-08-03 Banquo's Chair 2
is actually another copy of
44-07-27 The Black Shawl
October 30, 2009 Subject:
My two favorite CBS Radio Suspense Theater productions are The Daisy Chain and Mission Completed (starring James Stewart), written by John R. Forrest.
October 4, 2009 Subject:
I imagine that had I lived back in the 1950's, I would have been one of the people hovering around the radio listening breathlessly to Suspense.
Has anyone noticed that the piano part of the Suspense theme song sounds similar to the Chicago song "Colour My World"?
September 14, 2009 Subject:
I LOVE this show! It really keeps the listener in suspense! I did not expect it to have such an effect on me. I have listened to a couple shows so far and I am now obsessed with it. Well, done!
September 8, 2009 Subject:
Top Tier of OTR, Period
I mean what my Title line says. the phrase "it can't get any better than this" is exactly what Suspense is. It is the Who is Who top Grad of any other Old Time Radio program period. Theres hardly any episode that I don't like in the netire series thus far.
September 3, 2009 Subject:
How do I download these?
January 29, 2009 Subject:
To keep you in Suspense!!!!!!!!!!!
I agree with the majority of reviews here, except
one. The pilot episode broadcast on the Forecast series was not Alfred Hitchcock but Joseph Kearns
who was in many Suspense programs also "The Man in Black", who was doing an impersonation of Hitchcock. The impression was unnecessary at the time, for Mr. Hitchcock was not known in the United States at the time. His film, "Rebecca" was in the planning/storyboard stage at the time of broadcast.
September 2, 2008 Subject:
Roma/Cresta Blanca Sponsor Info
Time magazine article, September, 1952
As boss and chief stockholder of Schenley Industries, Inc., Lewis Solon Rosenstiel built a $438 million empire and a reputation in the liquor trade as a confident hustler. During Prohibition, while distillers were folding up, Rosenstiel, then a whisky broker, bet his money on Repeal He bought up all the whisky he could lay his hands on. Result: the year after Repeal, his new Schenley company had sales of $40 million.
During World War II, when grain spirits were short, Rosenstiel confidently started using potato spirits in Three Feathers, one of his most popular blends. Result: Three Feathers was a top-selling U.S. whisky all through the wartime shortage—largely because it was the most available. Rosenstiel put on his greatest show of confidence by expanding. During and after the war, he bought the Blatz Brewing Co., put Schenley into wines and vermouth (Cresta Blanca, Roma and La Bohème), rum (Carioca), cordials (DuBouchett), brandies (Coronet, J. Bavet and Jean Robert), gins (Silver Wedding, Schenley, Gibson, etc.), and even set up a chemical division to make penicillin and other antibiotics.
Cause for Concern. Recently, Hustler Rosenstiel has tripped a few times. When other brands came back on the market in volume, Three Feathers sales slumped about 90%; last year the brand did not even place in the top 25. When grape prices skidded five years ago, Rosenstiel dropped close" to $14 million by buying at the wrong time. And when penicillin prices cracked recently, he took another beating. Rosenstiel miscalculated on another score: figuring that the public would turn back to straight whiskies after the war, he plugged his straights (I. W. Harper, Ancient Age, Old Charter) more than did other distillers. But the public preferred blends. Straights now account for only 30% of the whisky sold today, v. 60% prewar. Rosenstiel also spread his advertising funds over so many products that his top blends (Schenley Reserve, Melrose Rare) were not plugged as hard as competing whiskies.
The results of all this started to show last year. While competitors (Seagrams, National Distillers) were setting records, Schenley's sales were at the lowest level ($450 million) since 1944. And this year, though all distillers are in a slump, Schenley is in a much deeper one. Recently its sales have been off 55% v. a drop of only 28% to 36% for Seagrams, Hiram Walker and National Distillers. Schenley's troubles and its vast expansion have caused the company to borrow $150 million, although its assets are greater than any other U.S. liquor company.
New Platoon. Last week it looked as if rven Lew Rosenstiel thought it time for a pick-me-up. At 61, he stepped out as president of Schenley (but stayed as chairman), and elevated a whole platoon of young Schenley reserves. Into the presidency went Ralph Taft Heymsfeld, 44, a Columbia-trained lawyer who joined the company 18 years ago and has specialized, as secretary and counsel, in fighting for fair trade and against high liquor taxes. Up to executive vice president stepped Treasurer Sidney Becker, 42, who started with Schenley during Prohibition.*
Schenley's new top team, pointing to the company's net of $22 million last year, insists that Rosenstiel will still be the boss, and that no big changes will be made. But Schenley now seems to have a somewhat healthier respect for the lowly blend, and may push its blends harder in the future. Says President Heymsfeld: "You can't sell a man a Cadillac when all he can afford is a Chevrolet."
* Other changes: Carl Kiefer, 71, moved up from executive vice president to assistant chairman; Henry Gayley, 51, became treasurer; Earl Gassenheimer, 41, comptroller; Richard Gilbert, 50, vice president.
June 7, 2008 Subject:
Hands Down One of the Best Series of All Time.
This is a great collection of what I would say is some of the best horror/macabre/thrillers ever. Major star power from Orson Welles to Rita Hayworth. Good mysteries, not the usual OTR stuff that has been done over and over either. Get this whole collection. The sound quality on most of the recordings is fair to excellent.
This is the most comprehensive collection I have seen to date. It covers it's pilot episode on CBS Forecast ("The Lodger") in 1940 up to 1962. Granted it takes ten pages to do it, but there were so many episodes it couldn't be done any other way.
I have always been a fan of the old radio shows like "Suspense" and "Inner Sanctum" (as well as the revival of radio dramas on radio in the '70's with "CBS Radio Mystery Theater") and this collection just whets my appetite for more.
March 1, 2008 Subject:
I was just watching the Twilight Zone called "Two".
Right where Charles Bronson knocks out Elizabeth Montgomery before she has a chance to do that witch-nose thingy on him, the Suspense theme plays.
Do they have stock music like they do footage and sound effects? Did TZ swipe the music from Suspense? (or vice versa) Do I seriously need a life?
These things BOTHER me.
Reviewer:Mike Hobart -
February 8, 2008 Subject:
A wonderful collection of stories - especially the ones written by John Dickson Carr - but they seem to be 32k rather than 64k.
December 4, 2007 Subject:
I bought some of these in a cassette collection a few years back purely out of boredom one day to keep me occupied during my daily commutes. I've since lost the tapes (and my cars no longer accept them anyway) so I was extremely happy to find them here. Thank you!
Some stories I recommend: Sorry, Wrong Number; Fugue in C Minor; August Heat; The House in Cyprus Canyon.
March 28, 2007 Subject:
New Blog About Suspense
If you are interested, there is a new blog devoted to the old radio shows Suspense and Escape. Visit www.escape-suspense.com.
Reviewer:Wes in Issaquah -
February 24, 2007 Subject:
Hitchcock at his finest
What isn't obvious from the description is that this showed started out directed by the immortal Alfred Hitchcock. The first (pilot) episode is a masterpiece of postmodern twists, utterly unexpected from that time period. You'd think David Lynch or John Sayles had done it! Treat yourself to a great classic show.
February 22, 2007 Subject:
Error in an episode date
The episode "The Beetle and Mr. Bottle" on 55-08-23 is a missing show, and the episode here with that date is actually 59-09-20, without intro nor exit segments.
September 3, 2006 Subject:
This is a great show
Along with Fibber Mcgee and Molly at their peak in the 40's, this is the best radio show ever. It surprisingly stands the test of time and still seems fresh after 60 some years.
June 28, 2006 Subject:
the best radio show ever
allthough quality varies on selections suspense is the best radio show ever